THE MANDIR PITCH

India Today - - INSIDE - By Ajit Ku­mar Jha

With an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tion, a com­pet­i­tive pitch for the con­struc­tion of the Ram tem­ple at the dis­puted site in Ay­o­d­hya is on in the Sangh pari­var. A‘hunkar’ rally by the Vishva Hindu Par­ishad dur­ing the dharam sansad in Ay­o­d­hya on Novem­ber 25 de­manded that the NDA gov­ern­ment is­sue an ex­ec­u­tive or­der to by­pass the Supreme Court which is cur­rently hear­ing the case. Re­fer­ring to the Al­la­habad High Court judg­ment of 2010 which had or­dered a tri­par­tite di­vi­sion of the dis­puted site (one part for the Nir­mohi Akhara, one for Ram Lalla and one for the Sunni Waqf Board), the VHP de­clared that it will not ac­cept any for­mula to di­vide the 2.77 acre land. “We have waited for the court to de­cide for a long time, now we are done with them,” fumed spokesman Sharad Sharma. “If there are more delays, the peo­ple will get ag­i­tated. We saw the re­sult in 1992.”

On the same day, in Nag­pur, at an­other ‘hunkar sabha’, RSS chief Mo­han Bhag­wat sug­gested the law must yield to ma­jor­ity re­li­gious sen­ti­ments. “Though laws are nec­es­sary, can so­ci­ety run only on the ba­sis of law? Will you con­tinue to by­pass the truth and peo­ple’s feel­ings?” he asked.

Ad­dress­ing an elec­tion meet­ing in Al­war, Ra­jasthan, on Novem­ber 25, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi pre­dictably sought to lay the blame at the door of the Con­gress party, sug­gest­ing it was adopt­ing delaying tac­tics in the Supreme Court to cre­ate hur­dles to the tem­ple’s con­struc­tion. Modi in­sin­u­ated that a Con­gress leader and Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber (al­legedly se­nior lawyer Kapil Sibal) was telling the SC not to hear the case till the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tion.

Mean­while, Shiv Sena chief Ud­dhav

‘BAT­TLE CRY’ RSS chief Mo­han Bhag­wat at the ‘hunkar sabha’ meet in Nag­pur, Nov. 25

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